Dominguez captures Laurel's riding title

Robb, Gill also top lists

Pimlico starts Wednesday

Horse Racing

March 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The 13-week Laurel Park winter meet ended yesterday with Ramon Dominguez, Jerry Robb and Michael Gill winning individual titles. Live racing shifts to Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday for the 10-week spring meet.

Dominguez, 27, captured his first riding title in the state since winning the 2001 fall meet, visiting the winners' circle 88 times, 35 more than Jeremy Rose.

Dominguez dominated the standings, producing 29 multiple-win afternoons during the meet, including 11 with at least three victories. Abel Castellano (46 wins), Jozbin Santana (34) and Steve Hamilton (32) round out the top five.

"I'm extremely happy to win the meet," said Dominguez, who led the nation in victories in 2001 and 2003. "I feel very fortunate to be able to ride for pretty much anybody. Then my agent, Steve Rushing, always puts me on the right horses, so I have no other choice than to win races."

Robb won his second Laurel Park training title, winning 36 races, three more than Dale Capuano. The veteran conditioner saddled three winners on Jan. 15 and had six two-win days. Thirty of his victories were for Gill.

John Rigattieri (21), Mark Shuman (19) and Phil Schoenthal (17) complete the top five. Shuman and Schoenthal also condition for Team Gill.

Gill reigned supreme in the owner standings for the seventh straight meet at the major Maryland tracks, finishing first 66 times.

Gill produced 18 multiple-win days and had at least one winner in 42 of the 62 live days of the meet. Since arriving in Maryland in October 2001, he has won 335 races at Laurel and Pimlico. John Alecci was a distant second with 15 winners.

The Maryland Jockey Club also honored the trainers with the highest starts per stall ratio with a $500 bonus. The winners were Robb (36 or more stalls), Tim Salzman (26-35), Rigattieri (16-25), Donald Souder (8-15) and Marvin Kuhn (3-7).

Final handle numbers will be released later this week.

When the Pimlico spring meet starts, a familiar face will return to the jockey's room. Rick Wilson, 50, missed March while recovering from minor leg surgery. He is 72 wins shy of becoming the 20th jockey in history to ride 5,000 winners.

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